Local MP champions rights of older people in Cheadle

July 5, 2011 3:13 PM
Mark on his recent visit to Guardian Lodge, Gatley

Mark on his recent visit to Guardian Lodge, Gatley

Cheadle MP Mark Hunter is backing a campaign calling for a deidcated Government Minister for Older People. Grey Pride, run by older people's housing and care provider Anchor, aims to celebrate growing old and champion older people, giving them a voice at the highest level. Mark gave his backing to the campaign and signed the petition during a visit to Guardian lodge in Peckforton Close, Gatley, last Friday alongside local Councillor Iain Roberts.

Older people are fast becoming one of the largest groups in the UK, but despite making up 40% of voters, there is no Government minister dedicated to the well-being of older people. A nationwisde petition and Early Day Motion in Parliament are calling for a centralised Government portfolio that prioritises the needs of older people and ensures their views and interests received dedicated attention.

Commenting, Mark said:

"Older people already make up 25% of the population and life expectancy is only set to increase as people live happily into older age.

"I want to ensure that older people living in Cheadle are represented at the highest political level and enjoy dignity and respect in their later years.

"Creating a deicated minister for older people and launching Grey Pride is a step towards ensuirng that."

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